“Dwelling in the world of sad songs is my antidote for loneliness,” says Peter Wolf, whose new solo album, A Cure for Loneliness, will be released on April 8th. The J. Geils Band singer spoke to Rolling Stone about five songs that help him ward off — or revel in — the blues.
Nolan Strong and the Diablos, “The Wind”
This song has a great cult following, especially with doo-wop fans. Even just the intro has the power to bring you back to the sadness of a lost love.
Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”
This started out as a country song but became an R&B tour de force. Every time I hear it, it transports me into a state of misty blue.
The Platters, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
This came from the 1933 production of Roberta, starring Bob Hope. When the Platters recorded it, they ended up owning it.
Little Walter, “Blue and Lonesome”
Little Walter did for the harmonica what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar. He took it to another place.
Hank Williams, “On Top of Old Smokey”
You can’t go wrong hanging around with Hank. His version of this song is sadness and loss personified.